The Waterport Trestle Mural

I was asked by a collector of my work to do a mural of the Waterport Trestle for a private space. The blank wall was 28′ long and the subject was to be the re-creation of an old pen and ink drawing that I had painted over many years ago. The Trestle itself has been gone for decades. I rather enjoyed this project as it was so clear as to what the client wanted and I was enlarging my own art work.  In order to replicate the work I decided to create it the same way I did the smaller original…pen and ink that was painted over in color. I used around 100 sharpies to draw the image and then I painted over the ink with acrylic paint.  It was fun working on such a large scale project.20181125_192758 copy 220181012_17230220181019_17201320181028_20032320181029_14313220181120_22183020181111_11575520181120_221228

Long Lost Friend

girl on a fence (1)Occasionally a piece of art from my past returns to me like an old lost friend. I was recently given this drawing I had done at the request of the mother of a friend I had grown up with. I had known her since I was a young teen and I considered her a friend too. She had requested two black and white landscapes. The other one is lost in time somewhere. I also recall doing an oil painting of a Native American in full head dress for her… also lost. I don’t recall the details of this piece other than it was a composite of 2 or more drawings done by other artists. I Arthurized it. From etchings perhaps. Approximate date: 1979. Size: 15″ x 8″

Art to Wales Without the Artist

Today I mailed the art work I am donating to the 2019 AT Charity Ball in Wales.  I participate in it annually. A watercolor over an ink drawing. The scene is from Gresford, Wales where I stay with family. This year the event was moved up to the Bolesworth Estate which holds a 1000 people. Although a castle by American standards it is really more of a very impressive, stately home. Having pressing issues and a full plate with my cobblestone I won’t be able to attend the Ball this year. I will be there in spirit. There will be no obligatory pics of me in a tux this year. But my tux is waiting for me. I will wear it next year as long as I can keep my boyish figure.

Estate Sale

51982047_1207148866113596_9011428375893377024_nWhile checking out an estate sale the other day I bumped into an old friend. I mentioned to him that I sometimes find prints of my work at these things. Having already looked through the art they did have for sale I told him, “Not today.” But as I was leaving I wandered into the garage where they had some books for sale. I quickly recognized my image on a book cover for St. Mary’s from 2000. I wasn’t aware this had happened. I did the drawing for post cards they had ordered from me a long time ago. I bought the book for a dollar. Perhaps I will sign it to increase its value. Maybe double it!

Art Isn’t Just Painting For Me

 

I have not been doing a lot of painting these days. But I have been creative. Working on my beloved farmhouse or my cobblestone is not unlike creating a functional, living sculpture to me. Paintbrushes, hammers and saws are all creative tools I am comfortable with. Planting trees, bushes and flowers is quite satisfying to my creative bent.